The racing sloop Eleanor is a registered historic landmark with a story that makes history real:
– A vessel 105+ years in age with materials of mahogany, oak, cedar, iron, and copper will provide invaluable restoration experience for master craftsmen and apprentices.
– Length-to-sail-area ratio and ability to come about in less than her own length that inspires design today, much as Clinton Crane was inspired in designing Eleanor, and the 12-meters, Gleam (America’s Cup Selections ‘58, Opera House Cup Winner ’79 & ‘85) and Seven Seas (Cannes Royal Regatta ‘98).
– The last surviving example of a class of boats known as “raceabouts” that were designed for speed, Eleanor is one-of-a-kind and represents a unique chapter in the evolution of sailing.
– Operated under sail and without power for her entire life, restoration of Eleanor will maintain a true spirit of sail that includes her participation in historical and charitable events (New York Harbor Festival ’77 and ’79, Operation Sail ’86, Albany Port Fest ’89, Relief for World Hunger).
– Entered in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places (1982) and the New York State Register of Historic Places (1983), the restoration of Eleanor will preserve a remarkable heritage.
Restoration of Eleanor is a project that will enrich the individuals involved, the legacy of the Hudson River Region, and the history of the United States.
There is additional information about Eleanor at the web site for the Registry of Historic Places for the State of New York and the Eleanor (sloop) page in Wikipedia.